Hollywood loves to explore and exploit couple-dynamics. In some films, men and women are pitted against each other; other times they are working together for a common goal. But whether in tandem or in opposition, male/female relationships in the movies are exposed to their core essence, leaving the viewer to juxtapose their own experiences with the film – thus drawing them in through their own personal engagement – vesting them into the story being told.
This week, MovieZoot.com is proud to feature four films dealing with the working relationships of men and women with Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell in the Howard Hawks’ 1940 His Girl Friday, John Wayne and Jennifer O’Neill in Howard Hawks’ 1970 Rio Lobo, Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna in Basil Dearden’s 1957 The Smallest Show on Earth and the unforgettable Marcello Mastroianni and Sophia Loren in Vittorio De Sica’s 1963 Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.
So sit back and enjoy this week’s presentations of the love and war of the sexes as we explore working relationships on MovieZoot.com.
His Girl Friday
is the 1940 American screwball comedy directed by Howard Hawks starring Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell and Ralph Bellamy telling the story of a hard-charging New York newspaper editor who discovers that his ex-wife is engaged to a milquetoast insurance agent and tries to lure her back into his world by taunting her with the story of a convicted murderer’s impending execution. When she discovers that the accused murderer may be innocent, her reporter instincts kick in and she wants back in the professional newspaper game – and of course, the possibility of working with him!
is the Howard Hawks 1970 American Western starring John Wayne Jennifer O’Neill and Jorge Rivero (George Rivers), telling the story of McNally, a Union Army leader, who is protecting a routine gold shipment when it is attacked by Confederate forces. He loses the gold and one of his officers in the raid, but later, at the end of the Civil War, McNally learns that the Confederate raiders had inside help and he vows to uncover the traitors. After a chance encounter with one of the turncoats, McNally travels to the town of Rio Lobo hoping to right the wrong, but makes an unexpected discovery.
The Smallest Show on Earth
is the 1957 Basil Dearden British comedy starring Peter Sellers, Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna where a young couple inherit a run-down old theater from a relative, and go through all kinds of comedic gyrations to get the theatre (and the three aged workers that come with it) restored, profitable and sold.
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
is a 1963 comedy anthology film by Italian director Vittorio de Sica, starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni that consists of three hilarious short stories about couples of different circumstances in different parts of Italy. A fantastic trilogy examining the relationship of men and women, this film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 1964 Academy Awards.